Winser London invited me to join them at Stoke Park (along with a few other bloggers, one being my dear friend Michelle from RetroChicMama) to celebrate their fourth ‘birthday’ as a brand. Stoke Park is a family-owned hotel, spa, golf course, and country club set on 300 acres in Buckinghamshire, about half an hour from London. The idea for Winser London was born here, so it was a fitting place for its birthday party. Stoke Park was originally the home of the Penn family (who founded Pennsylvania, where I lived once upon a time), and has been the location for many movies. You can read about them here. I remember it from Bridget Jones; this is where Bridget and Daniel escape for their disastrous dirty weekend. We even did our getting ready preparations in the Pennsylvania Suite, which is the bedroom from that movie. Here is the view right out the bedroom window. I’m not a golfer, but I couldn’t take my eyes away from this view!
To help us get ready, there was a hair and makeup artist on hand (the Delilah makeup used was so good I’ve just ordered some). The photographers shot photos of us wearing Winser London on the grounds of Stoke Park in the morning before a fantastic high tea in the afternoon. I even had a golf cart ferry me around to a few locations because it was so hot and windy that day, as you can tell from the photos. I could really get accustomed to having a golf cart take me and my (often) impractical shoes around. You can tell how pleased I am!
Since I first discovered it, I have been crazy about the exact colour (not too blue, not too orange, just clear perfect red) that Winser London uses for their ‘Hollywood Red’ clothes. For this shoot, I chose the fitted cotton pencil skirt, the merino red knit coat (which I also have from last year in chambray blue), and their cashmere scoop neck jumper in chambray blue.
Light blue and red is my favourite colour combination which is why I chose this mix. I added my own colourful necklace and ring, some sparkly glitter-is-a-neutral shoes, and that’s it. The colours do all the work. I’m not a banker anymore, but if I was, this is exactly the sort of thing I’d wear (without the jewellery, of course) to the office. ‘Soft suiting’ knitwear is especially brilliant for travel or sitting at a desk all day because it doesn’t crease, but is still comfortable.
I chose a second and entirely different outfit (which I loved so much it came home with me!) that I’ll show you in the next post when I tell you about the rest of our day.
Thank you again to the whole team at Winser London for spoiling us!